Horror movies are really a dime a dozen. While the genre is produced almost ad nauseum, there are few titles that succeed in truly terrifying audiences. One of the most consistently scary horror creators is none other than James Wan. In addition to directing the original Saw film, Wan also directed the massively successful and truly terrifying Insidious films, as well as The Conjuring. Now Wan is stepping back into the world of the Lorraine and Ed Warren with The Conjuring 2.
While a teaser was previously shown, the first full-length trailer was released today. Check it out, but hopefully not in the dark.
Did you jump too? Like more than once? Seriously, this trailer is gold.
The Conjuring 2 is the sequel to the rather successful 2013 film. Both films are based on cases from the real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The two would travel around the world and assist individuals who needed help from malevolent spirits. During their work the Warrens would record their efforts heavily, resulting in the basis and real-life footage which helped James Wan adapt the stories into a pair of extremely scary movies.
While the first Conjuring revolved around a Rhode Island family in 1971, the sequel will bring the Warrens to England in the late 1970’s. The film will revolve around one of the most widely reported and recorded spirits of all time: The Enfield Poltergeist. While ghost movies are scary enough, the fact that these films are based off of true stories makes them even the more terrifying.
Returning for the sequel are actors Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga from the original Conjuring film. Wilson is once again James Wan’s muse, as he appeared in the first two Insidious films as well.
The trailer shows us some pretty startling imagery. James Wan has an uncanny ability to truly tease and terrify an audience. He often presents a threat, and forces us to sit there as they get closer and more vicious. We spend the majority of the films wondering what the monster is, before they finally present themselves as causes of a good jump scare. Rather than being trivial or predictable, Wan has a way of surprising the audience resulting in bigger scares. Additionally, once we finally get to see the demonic creatures they’re usually completely unique in their aesthetic and something that we’re not likely to forget.
The Conjuring 2 will arrive in theaters June 10th, 2016.